Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art

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The Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) has as its aims:

1. To develop the historical and methodological study of artistic activities and productions.

2. To ensure permanent links between art historians of all countries.

3. To stimulate international meetings of art historians:

a) The Congrès Internationaux d'Histoire de l'Art (hereafter CIHA Congresses).
These are normally held approximately every four years. They are autonomous, but they
are organised by or under the aegis of the CIHA National Committees of the countries in
which they are held, and under the overall control of the CIHA. Art historians of all
nationalities shall be able to participate in these Congresses.
b) Colloquia. Certain international Colloquia may be given the title of CIHA (hereafter
CIHA Colloquia) if their proposed programs are given the approval of the CIHA Bureau and meet the standard requirements of CIHA Colloquia.

4. To stimulate and coordinate the dissemination of information about research undertaken under the aegis of CIHA.

5. To disseminate information and publicity about art historical activities worldwide: conferences, publications, research projects, etc.

6. To study means of improving methods of teaching and research, and of increasing the research resources available to art historians: data bases, bibliographies, photographic and iconographical documentation, etc.

7. To serve international cooperation in the sense defined by the CIPSH.



1. The CIHA has as its organs the Bureau and the General Assembly.



1. The CIHA is composed of Titular Members and Supplementary Members.

2. Each member country is represented by one or more Titular Members and/or Supplementary Members; their number is fixed by the CIHA.

3. Nominations for the CIHA are proposed by National Committees and presented to the Bureau which submits them to the CIHA at a General Assembly. Nominations are normally accepted except for serious reasons. When an objection is presented by one or more members, the Assembly accepts or rejects the objection by simple majority in a secret ballot.

4. All nominations for the CIHA shall be submitted to the Scientific Secretary at least three months before a General Assembly.

5. Titular Members of the CIHA are normally elected for a maximum of two terms (a term is the interval between one CIHA Congress and the next). A Titular Member who is elected to the Bureau may serve a third term. In addition, he/she may serve an extra term as a Supplementary Member before becoming a Titular Member. The total number of terms served, as Titular and Supplementary, shall not exceed three, or four if elected to the Bureau.

6. A former Titular Member or Supplementary Member shall be eligible for reelection to the CIHA after a period of two terms has elapsed since the end of his/her previous membership of the CIHA.

7. Supplementary Members are invited to attend Assemblies and to participate in discussions. However, they do not have the right to vote except as substitute for an absent Titular Member from the same country. The total number of votes cast by Members from a country shall not exceed the number of Titular Members from that country.

8. Membership of the CIHA is terminated:

a) by resignation
b) by the Member reaching the end of his or her period of membership
c) by expulsion, with a two thirds majority of votes cast in secret ballot at a General

9. No Member shall continue to serve on the CIHA after the Congress following his or her professional retirement.

10. Applications for membership from countries not represented on the CIHA, and for enlargement of the delegations of countries already represented, shall be decided by the General Assembly, and notified to the Scientific Secretary six months before such a meeting.

11. The CIHA may elect Honorary Members. Proposals for election should be presented to the General Assembly, duly proposed by at least five Titular Members from different countries.

12. In addition, three elected representatives of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA) shall be members of the General Assembly.



1. The Bureau, a subcommittee of the CIHA, is the executive committee of the ClHA.

2. The Bureau is composed of the President and a number of Vice-Presidents.

3. At each Congress, the Bureau is elected at a General Assembly to hold office for the term until the next Congress.

4. Bureau members shall serve on the Bureau for a maximum of two terms.

5. Membership of the Bureau shall be composed of between nine and twelve members, with no more than one from any country, and at least two from the Americas, and two from Asia and Australasia.

6. Members of the Bureau shall be elected by secret ballot at a General Assembly; any Titular Member may stand for election duly proposed and seconded by two other Members, or by their National Committee.

7. All nominations for the Bureau shall be submitted to the Scientific Secretary at least six months before the Assembly. Nominations will be circulated, with a brief résumé of the candidate, to all Titular Members and Supplementary Members at least three months before the General Assembly.

8. In case of vacancies on the Bureau arising between meetings of the Assembly, the Bureau may co-opt a maximum of three members, to serve until the next Assembly, when they will be eligible for election through the normal channels.

9. During the preparation of a CIHA Congress, the President of the organizing committee shall be co-opted to the Bureau.

10. The Presidency of the CIHA shall be held for one term; the President will come from the organizing country of the Congress at which he or she takes office.

11. The President represents the CIHA in all normal circumstances, and especially in relations with the CIPSH, at UNESCO.

12. The President decides on the convening of the Bureau and on its provisional agenda.

13. If the President is unable to serve, the Bureau shall designate one of its members as Provisional President for the duration of the President's inability to act or until the next Assembly.

14. The Bureau shall elect an Administrative Secretary/Treasurer and a Scientific Secretary. They may be, but shall not necessarily be, also members of the Bureau. If a Secretary is not a member of the Bureau, he/she shall not have a vote.

15. The Administrative Secretary/Treasurer is responsible for the administration of the resources of the CIHA, for ensuring the payment of subscriptions, and for making payments authorized by the President. The accounts shall be presented at every General Assembly, after examination by two independent public accountants.

16. The Scientific Secretary draws up the agendas and minutes of the CIHA and prepares reports on its activities.

17. The Bureau may propose to the Assembly the appointment of a Deputy Administrative Secretary/Treasurer , who shall not have the right to vote.

18. The prior exercise of the offices of President, Scientific Secretary and Administrative Secretary/Treasurer shall not preclude the possibility of election or re-election to the Bureau.

19. The decisions of the Bureau are taken by a simple majority. In case of a tie, the President shall have the casting vote.

20. The quorum for Bureau meetings shall be a minimum of six of its members.

21. The Bureau meets as often as is necessary for the conduct of its business, but it shall meet at least once per calendar year. Its meetings are convened by the Scienfic Secretary on the instructions of the President, or as the result of a written request from at least three of its members.

22. Except for the Secretaries, and co-opted members, no non-elected person may regularly attend Bureau meetings.




1. The General Assembly is composed of the members of the CIHA.

2. The General Assembly has executive powers over all questions concerning the functioning of the CIHA and the accomplishment of its aims.

3. The General Assembly meets at every CIHA Congress and at least once in the interval between Congresses.

4. Extraordinary sessions may be held on the initiative of the President, with the approval of the Bureau, or on the written request of at least one fifth of the Titular Members of the CIHA.

5. Decisions of the General Assembly, apart from the exceptions mentioned in these Statutes, are taken on a simple majority of votes cast.

6. For important votes, on the request of the Bureau, or at the request of five members of the CIHA, votes will be cast by delegation, with each country having as many votes as it has Titular Members; Titular Members or Supplementary Members may vote in the name of absent Titular Members .

7. The agenda of meetings of the General Assembly is prepared by the Bureau and sent to members at least two months before the meeting of the Assembly (or one month in the case of extraordinary sessions).

8. Matters not on the agenda may not be considered without the consent of at least two thirds of members present.

9. The General Assembly may create specialized commissions and nominate their members. The heads of these commissions may be associated with the activities of the Bureau.

10. Representatives of other organizations may be invited to attend meetings of the General Assembly on a regular or occasional basis; they shall not have voting rights.



1. National Committees are composed of art historians working in all branches of the discipline: those working in teaching institutions, museums and galleries, and other professional art historians, including independent scholars.

2. National Committees fix their Statutes and their composition after consultation with the CIHA. Any changes must be notified to the CIHA. Where possible, links should be sought between National Committees and national associations of art historians.

3. National Committees shall meet at least once per calendar year.

4. National Committees are responsible for the nomination of national representatives on the CIHA, when a place in the national delegation falls vacant.

5. National Committees shall collaborate in the organization of CIHA Congresses and Colloquia in their country, and in the other scholarly enterprises of the CIHA.

6. The Bureau may charge one or more people to organize a new National Committee in a country or a group of countries where none exists.



1. The seat of the CIHA shall be that of the Administrative Secretary/Treasurer, and shall be located in Switzerland. The CIHA adopts the legal form of an international scholarly association in the sense of articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code. These articles posit only one obligation for international scholarly associations, that they should have a Secretariat in Switzerland.

2. The level of annual subscriptions is fixed by the General Assembly . Subscriptions are only payable by Titular Members, not Supplementary Members, and are due on 1 January.

3. Non-payment of the subscription without acceptable reasons shall be taken as implying resignation from the CIHA. The Bureau shall determine the circumstances in which the subscription may be waived.



The off1cial languages of the CIHA shall be English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The proceedings of the CIHA, and of CIHA Congresses and Colloquia , shall be made available in at least two of these languages.



The CIHA may establish relationships with other organizations, where appropriate.




1. The decision to dissolve the CIHA shall be taken by the Assembly with a two thirds majority.

2. In case of dissolution, the Assembly shall nominate three liquidators of different nationalities.

3. In such circumstances the assets of the CIHA shall be passed to scholarly associations designated by the Assembly.




The detailed application of the present Statutes is established by internal Regulations prepared by the Bureau and approved by the Assembly.




The present Statutes shall become effective on xx September 2000, having been ratified by the General Assembly on that date.

2. The Statutes may be emended by the General Assembly at CIHA Congress with a two-thirds majority.



The present English text shall have legal status for the interpretation of the Statutes.

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Rules for Colloquia